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BYU-I Study Supports What Church Leaders Have Said About Social Media

by | Nov. 23, 2017

Mormon Life

“The less time you spend on social media, the more healthy you will be—physically, mentally, and socially,” said Robert R. Wright, director of the Health Psychology Emphasis in the BYU–Idaho Psychology Department.

The more time a person spends on social media, the more likely they are to be lonely, according to a new study conducted among Latter-day Saint students at Brigham Young University–Idaho.

The study found that as social media time increased for participants, so did “depressive symptoms,” including feeling blue, lacking motivation, or having a hard time sleeping, said Robert R. Wright, director of the Health Psychology Emphasis in the BYU–Idaho Psychology Department.

“The main message here is that we need to use social media wisely,” said Wright.

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